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Found a rock like no other [closed]

identification request This rock was found in Somerset Co, NJ. It weighs about 10 lbs. It was found buried about a foot under a patch of daffodils in the middle of the woods. It is triangular in shape ...
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Rock Identification: clear, hues of yellow/orange. Washington State

I purchased this rock at an estate sale along with some rose quartz. The sellers had no information on it. My husband was able to break it today with a hammer, but I have no idea what the material is. ...
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Id request: Unusual shape, gritty texture hard rock

What are these rocks? We are importing dirt from local pool companies digging in the area. We live denton, tx (north texas). One company dumped about 4 loads of very red sandy loamy dirt and 3 loads ...
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Identification of a rock from Kentucky [closed]

I was hiking the other day in southeastern Kentucky and ran across this rock on a river bank. I've never seen a rock like this before. Can anyone here identify it?
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Anyone have any idea what these are? [closed]

Can someone please help me identify these rocks please ](https://i.stack.imgur.com/y28zy.jpg)
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Help me to identify this strange rock [closed]

About 9 years ago I found this rock in the middle of the river. It reminds me of a some kind of a volcanic rock, but I live in Finland, and we only have dead volcanoes around here. Outer layer is just ...
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Can anyone help me identify this rock found in Tulsa Oklahoma?

I was working in my front yard in Tulsa Oklahoma and ran over this rock with my lawnmower. It was logged in the ground enough I didn’t see it. It’s 2.5 inches in length. Black in color with what ...
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Please help me identify these two metal looking rocks…?

These were found at to the top of a hill by McLaren park near the Blue Water Tower in San Francisco, in the dirt in the middle of the path. They feel slightly heavier than normal (same size) rocks. ...
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Dark green opaque stone of length < 1 inch

Found it on a construction site. What kind of stone it is ? I understand that it is not gemstone. It is very hard, cannot be scratched by metal, and it's smooth. Also there is no visible layers. It ...
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What name of rock is it?

I found it in desert, there is not any evidence of igneous or metamorphic rocks around it, it's density is between 3.5-3.9, some magnetic, some parts have pyrite minerals, streak is dark brown, luster ...
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What is a Rotating Shadowband Radiometer, and how does it work?

This answer explains that the device labeled "B" in the photo below is a "Ultraviolet Multifilter Rotating Shadowband Radiometer." What is a Rotating Shadowband Radiometer, and how does it work? ...
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What are these Gizmos at Mauna Loa Observatory?

Artist Rosten Wu's Vimeo channel has a video title Bridging Time and there is discussion about the Keeling Curve and the site where it all began in Hawaii. In the video there is a shot of a weather ...
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Can anyone identify this stone

i found this stone on the east coast of south island in New Zealand, it's 200 grams and very hard,i used a metal file on it and it left steel residue on the stone.
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rock id:hard,green,other ones were around but not with black streaks [closed]

Located in vermilion river Lasalle Il. It is a green and has black streaks with what looks like air bubbles at the end.
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how can a asterisk/star like crack occur on a rock?

how can a asterisk/star like crack occur on a hard pyroclastic rock? Could it caused by a meteroite or by some other mechanism? You may see the shape of the rock on attached photo.
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Interpreting an outcrop of a thick pure silica bed in a volcanic setting

How can a nearly pure silica bed with 250 m x 50 m x 1.5 m dimensions be interpreted in a volcanic/pyroclastic setting? Here is a photo of it.
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Is this Dragon Jasper?

Bought these rocks at a shop they were selling as Dragon Jasper,but when I density tested them they were 3.09 which I thought was a bit high for Jasper, and generally Dragon Jasper has Deep red veins, ...
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Is this an agate? [closed]

So I have found these in a creek there are some that look like this and I have broke them open and they were full of crystals these seem to small and I have tried cracking then and they wont budge I ...
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Rock ID: Very hard, green, slightly transparent, some gray parts on outside. found in South Korea

Hi! My name is Thomas, I am a senior student in Canada. I found this rock as a kid in Korea in a high mountain area. I was always wondering what this thing was. Its very heavy, and also very hard. A ...
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Can someone please help me identify my rock?

Hey guys! My name is Brent and I found this rock over 20 years ago while swimming with my siblings in Lake Huron near Kincardine, Ontario. I actually found it under water at one of our favourite ...
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I found this rock on my property years ago and was curious what it was [closed]

What kind of rock is this? I found it on my property a long time ago and I can pinpoint exactly what. I was thinking red jasper maybe?
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Identification of limestone type

These are images of a stone found and used extensively in the Jammu & Kashmir region between India and Pakistan. These are called devir or devri in the local parlance. Following is the ...
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What do the little flags on these martian wind speed data points mean?

According to this answer the weather at the InSight lander on Mars can now be seen online at https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/weather/ This includes the wind speed and I believe the direction (if that's ...
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can you help identify my crystal [closed]

it is green is color With silky luster Hardness is about 7 Found in lake Elsinore mountain s
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Found this rock in Cambridge, UK, on a recently ploughed field

I found this rock while out walking it’s of a metallic Luster and black in colour, smooth to the feel but bumpy in places, with one small rough patch shown on the picture and no colour change anywhere....
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Please identify this rock

I found this rock along the Illinois river basin in cave junction, oregon. It was laying on the top layer of a massive beach of rock. It's shape is what drew me too it, then after closer inspection ...
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Metallic Balls Found in Sandstone or Mudstone Layer

Found metallic balls of some type of metal ore surrounded by yellow mudstone the metallic balls crush easily into a fine gray powder. The gray balls are situated between sandstone layers in a soft ...
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What is in this rock?

There were many, many examples of this, my photo simply shows a situation where I had even light and time to take a photo without making anyone wait for me. The basic rock is obviously sandstone. ...
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I found this near Charmouth, UK. Seems to be metallic

It's somewhere between 5.5 and 7 on the hardness scale Feels very heavy Cold to the touch Doesn't clean up with water, vinegar or alcohol Small bumps on the surface all over
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Identify rock found on beach in Florida [closed]

This rock was found in Florida on the beach on top of the sand. There were no others found. Color of rock is white, the outer rim is clear (see through) the inner layer is solid. The inner layer is ...
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Could this rock be Basalt?

This rock is 2 3/8", weighs 71 grams has a density of 2.958,I tested the density a few times and its always 2.958, has a hardness of 6-7 almost clear streak test, I tested the streak again and I would ...
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Identify rock, found in Florida

Round with crystal looking around it, hard. Seems to have layers in the center. The inside is smooth and the outside layer is textured. The white layers go all the way through the rock. Found on the ...
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What is this green yellow heavy stone?

no known origin,its opaque its 2 1/4" leaves no streak, has a hardness of 6-6 1/2 I drilled it with a diamond plated bit,it is a very tough stone.It weighs 2ozs 56.6 grams.When I drilled it the powder ...
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What kind of lava tube feature is Cleopatra's Grave?

Cleopatra's Grave is a natural feature inside (warning: PDF) Catacombs Cave in Lava Beds National Monument near Modoc, California. Source: LookBeforeYouLive My apologies, as this image is somehow in ...
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Help identify my redbrown rock with crystal like formation on the inside

This rock is red/orange/brown in color. It is slightly clear/translucent when held up to light. Will not scratch with a knife. Has a crystal like structure on the inside.
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How could have this rock formed? - Penny inside rock, mostly iron

I was walking along a beach (in Southern California) and found this rock on the ground, and there were none like it on the beach. It is composed of mostly rusted iron, and a magnet will stick to most ...
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What causes frozen “shooting water” spikes from ice covered water in the winter?

I have seen things like this appear once or twice on cold winter mornings, a frozen spike of water from an ice-covered container or very small body of water (puddle). I found the photo below at Mel ...
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Mineral/rock identification [closed]

I found this rock in the Himalayan region in India. It was on the roadside of a hill that we were trekking. It has a silver lustre. It has a hardness of 5.5(I can scratch it with a knife blade).it has ...
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Please Help Identify My Rock

This rock is smooth, heavy and dark grey/black in color with white blotches which are different in shape and size and are also porous. It scratches by a knife and I found it in with many pails of ...
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Rock ID: black, white and orange, from Malaga, Spain

I picked up some very interesting rocks and pebbles on the beach in Malaga, Spain this summer. They are predominately flat and colored dark grey crisscrossed with stripes of orange and white. The dark ...
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What type of crystal is this? [closed]

I feel like it's clear quartz that had been ripped from a cluster. However, I haven't seen this before, so I'm not sure. Can anyone confirm or correct me?
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Can someone identify this mineral? [closed]

I found this in a stream in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Wyoming. One side (2/3 length) has a pointy pyramid with four faces; other side (1/3 length) has four faces but with with an edge ...
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What type of rock is this? Found near Abiquiu, New Mexico near the top of a canyon

I found this rock while hiking down into a canyon near Abiquiu, New Mexico. There were a few others like it nearby. It is creamy white on the outside, and a translucent, bluish gray color on the ...
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What is this yellow stone

I found this yellow stone in a creek.It was easy to break by slamming it against another stone and has evenly spaced crystal clear grains.They are very clear that under the sun I thought that water ...
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Help identifying rock please [closed]

I have this rock that was given to me as a gift a few years ago but I have no information on it. I would like to find out what kind if rock it is. Can anybody help me figure that out please??
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What is this spaceship-shaped cloud?

This tweet from the European Space Agency (ESA)'s Spanish account show a striking photo of a round, flat, "space-ship-shaped" cloud in an otherwise completely clear sky. The stars are out so I assume ...
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What caused those colorations in bedrock?

I took those photos in a hurry (sorry, the color is a bit off due to low light, the first picture is the most distorted one). It struck me that the discolorations seem to follow the fissures in the ...
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Rock ID: Black, Reflective, Light for its Size; Found in Southern Massachusetts

This is my first time posting in a forum of any sort, so I apologize if this question should have been directed to a specific topic area. I found this beautiful rock while I was on a beach near my ...
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What is this stone or mineral it's light but strong [closed]

The other side is just cyan color I don't know where this stone is from Any help is appreciated